Writing Competitions

Competition Listings – Please Read

Please note that apart from the Creative Writing Ink Free to Enter Competition and the Writing Prompt competition, all other listings are for external competitions. If you have a question about these competitions, please contact the competition organisers by clicking the website link in each listing. Unfortunately, we cannot assist with queries on external competitions. […]

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020

The Fresher Writing Prize 2020 is open until January 27, 2020. Submit short stories up to 3,000 words and poetry up to 42 lines. Entry Fee: £7 Short Story: £200, feedback and advice on a sample of your work from a commissioning editor publisher or author, and a professionally produced recording of your work. Poetry: […]

New Media Writing Prize 2019

The New Media Writing Prize 2019 is open until November 22, 2029 (noon). The competition comes from Bournemouth University and it’s free to enter. Visit their website for details on what they are looking for. Prizes: if:book UK New Media Writing Prize: £1,000. Unicorn Training Student Prize: £750. Dot Award: £500 and development support. Skylab […]

MTP Short Story Competition

The MTP Short Story Competition is open from December 1, 2019-February 29, 2020. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open to writers worldwide, writing in English. Entry fee £5 per story Winners announced March 16, 2020 Prizes: £400, £300, £200, and publication in the MTP Anthology (print book and ebook) More here.

Write On Art Prize

The Write On Art Prize is open until March 31, 2020. The prize is sponsored by Art UK and the Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art. Free to enter. Open to young art writers aged 15–18. Pick one artwork featured on the Art UK website and write about it. What does it say […]

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020

The Wicked Young Writer Awards 2020 are open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. The competition is open to 5 to 25-year olds, in the UK and Ireland. Cressida Cowell is this year’s head judge. There are five age categories: 5-7, 8-10, 11-14, 15-17, 18-25. Submit a piece of writing on a theme or […]

Funny Pearls Competition

The Funny Pearls Competition is open until December 1, 2019. Submit a story of 100 words, in English. Theme: Winter. Your entry should intend to bring a smile to the reader’s face (dark humour qualifies). The competition is open to women of all nationalities. Two winners will each receive Amazon gift cards to the value […]

Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition

The Reflex Fiction Flash Fiction Competition is a quarterly international competition and it’s now open until November 30, 2019 (midnight UK time). Submit stories between 180 and 360 words. Prizes: £1,000, £500, £250. Fifty long-listed authors will be offered publication in their annual print anthology and will receive a free copy. Entry Fee: Choose your […]

F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contests

The F(r)iction Winter 2019 Literary Contests are now open until December 15, 2019. The prizes are: Short fiction: first place prize of $1,000 Flash fiction: first place prize of $300 Poetry: first place prize of $300 Each category winner, along with the five top finalists, will be considered for publication in F(r)iction. Judges: Marisa Crane, […]

St Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition

The St Martin’s Minotaur/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition is open until January 3, 2020. Free to enter. Open to writers around the world, aged 18 and over, who have never had a novel published. The winning manuscript will be published by Minotaur Books. The winner will receive an advance against future royalties […]

Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020

The Christopher Tower Poetry Prize 2020 is open until March 2, 2020. Free to enter. Open to students between 16-18 years of age who are educated in the UK. Submit poems of up to 48 lines. Theme: Trees Prizes: £3,000, £1,500, £500, 4 runner-up prizes of £250. The top three winners will also be offered […]

Soundwork Short Story Competition

The Soundwork Short Story Competition is open until April 30, 2020. Free to enter. Submit short stories up to 2,500 words, any style and theme. Prize: Recording by professional actor and placement on Soundcloud and the soundwork-uk.co.uk website. More here.

Kurious Short Story Competition

The Kurious Short Story Competition is open until December 12, 2019. Theme: Curious There is a single prize of £500. Shortlisted entries will be published online and in an anthology. Judges: Emma Bolland, Julianne Pachico, Niki Chang Entry Fee: £5 More here.

The Henshaw Competition

The Henshaw Short Story Competition is open until January 6, 2020. Submit a short story on any theme up to 2000 words.  Prizes: £200, £100, £50 Entry Fee: £6 The winning entries will also be published on the Henshawpress website and in an anthology. More here.

Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition

The Kent & Sussex Poetry Society Open Competition is open until January 31, 2020. Judge: Carrie Etter Submit poems of up to 40 lines. Prizes: £1,000, £300, £100, 4 x £50. Entry Fee: £5 per poem. For three or more poems, £4 each. More here.

Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019

The Bath Children’s Novel Award 2019 is open until November 17, 2019. First prize is £2,500. Judge: literary agent Lauren Gardener of Bell Lomax Moreton Entry: £25 per novel with free places available for writers on a low income. Submit the first 5,000 words plus a one page synopsis of novels for children or teens […]

BeAnimal Writing Competition

The BeAnimal Writing Competition is open until December 16, 2019 (Midnight IST). Free to enter. Narrate an account of an experience in your life that brought you closer to nature. (OR) Write a short piece on your ideal utopia and some of the things you would find there. (OR) Write an informational piece on something […]

Closed: The White Review Poet’s Prize

The White Review Poet’s Prize is open until November 7, 2019 (5pm). Open to residents of the UK and Ireland who have yet to publish a single-authored poetry collection or pamphlet (in any language). They only accept entries of poetry portfolios (5 – 10 pages per portfolio), as opposed to single-poem entries. Judges: Rachael Allen, […]

Wales Poetry Award 2019

The Wales Poetry Award 2019 is open until November 28, 2019. Submit poems of up to 70 lines. Open to writers around the world, aged 17 and over. Prizes: £100, £50, £25. The winners will also receive a Seren book bundle and publication in Poetry Wales. Entry Fee: £5 applies for each poem. It’s free […]

WOW! Women On Writing 2019 Contests

The WOW! Women On Writing 2019 Contests are now open. WOW! Women On Writing 2019 Creative Nonfiction Essay Contest Deadline: October 31, 2019 Submit creative nonfiction essays on any topic (200 – 1000 words) and in any style–from personal essay to lyric essay to hybrid and more. Prizes: 1st Place: $500, publication, interview, and gift […]

Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival Poetry Competition

The Shepton Mallet Snowdrop Festival – Poetry Competition is open until December 31, 2019 (11pm). The theme of the competition is Snowdrops or the work of James Allen (visit their website for further details) or inspiration from the judge’s comments: “James Allen’s two most enduring snowdrop varieties ‘Magnet’ and Merlin’ both suggest in their names […]

Enfield Poets’ Competition

The Enfield Poets’ Competition is open until 7th March 2020. Judge: Ruth Padel Submit poems of up to 50 lines. Any theme or form. Prizes: £500, £250, £100. The winning poems will be published on the Enfield Poets’ website. Entry Fee: £4 per poem or £10 for 3 More here.

Nobrow Short Story Competition

The Nobrow Short Story Competition is open until 2nd December 2019, midnight BST time. Up to twelve winning entries will be published in a short story anthology. One overall winner will receive £2,000 and all other selected contributors will receive £150 each. Submit a short story or a creative non-fiction piece of up to 3,000 […]

Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize

The Lucy Cavendish College Fiction Prize opens on September 18, 2019 and closes on January 17, 2020 (noon). The prize is open to women over 21 who have not had a full-length novel published. You must be resident in the UK or Ireland. Submit the first 40-50 pages of your novel and a synopsis of […]

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020

The Elmbridge Literary Competition 2019-2020 is open until February 7, 2020. The competition is run in partnership between The R C Sherriff Trust and Elmbridge Borough Council. Open to all ages. This year, they are looking for short stories and poems that explore new worlds. It’s free to enter for under 18s. Entry for adults […]

Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition

The Creative Writing NZ Flash Fiction Competition is an ongoing monthly competition. No entry fee. Submit one story each month. Open theme, up to 1,000 words.

Free to Enter Creative Writing Ink Competition

Our Creative Writing Ink competition is open to writers of any nationality or age. Free to enter. Closing Date: Last date of every month. We’re looking for poetry, up to 40 lines. Open theme. You just have to submit your poem to us to info@creativewritingink.co.uk with “Creative Writing Ink Monthly Competition” in the subject line. […]

John Byrne Award

The John Byrne Award is open until January 31, 2020. Free to enter. Open to 16-30 year olds living in Scotland. The award is an online exhibition and competition exploring personal and societal values. There will be a monthly prize for the single best entry received in every month. Then the judges will review all […]

Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020

The Ruth Rendell Short Story Competition 2020 will open on August 1, 2019 and will close on December 2, 2019 (5pm). The competition is hosted by the charity InterAct Stroke Support. The charity is dedicated to supporting stroke recovery by using professional actors to deliver hospital readings and community projects. The readings are designed to […]

Writing Prompt Competition

We also run another free to enter competition, which is our writing prompt competition. It runs every two months. Prize: The prize changes every two months. For full details, please visit our Writing Prompts page.

Festival of Words Poetry Competition

The Festival of Words Poetry Competition is open until November 30, 2019. Free to enter for children. Entry fee for adults is £3. Theme: ‘My Mind, My Thoughts’. Prizes for adult category: Larkin prize: £500. Second prize: £200. Third Prize: £100 Primary school prize: £50. Secondary school prize: £75 The judging panel includes James Nash, […]

Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition

The Cranked Anvil Short Story Competition is a quarterly competition. Submit up to 1,500 words. Any theme or genre. You may submit up to three stories in each quarter. Closing dates are: 30th April 31st July 31st October 31st January Entry fees: £5 for the first story, £3 for the second, £2 for the third […]

The Writing Quarter Competition

The Writing Quarter Competition is a free to enter short story competition. The deadline is the last day of each month. Submit short stories of up to 3,000 words. Open theme. Monthly prize is AUD$30. The winning author will also be given the option to publish their story on the website. The competition is open to […]

The Writing District Competition

The Writing District competition is an ongoing monthly competition. Closing last date of every month. Free to enter Prize includes $50 and online publication. Further details here.  Note that The Writing District is our sister site.

A3 Review Monthly Contest

The A3 Review monthly contest is open until the 4th Saturday of every month. They accept prose, poems, prose poems, graphic stories, hybrid forms, photography, illustration, painting. Maximum number of words is 150. The two winning entries each month are published in The A3 Review, to be published every six months. From this shortlist of […]

1000 Word Challenge Competition

The 1000 Word Challenge Competition is an ongoing quarterly writing competition. Submit stories of up to 1000 words. The theme changes every quarter. It costs £5 to enter and the top prize is £100. More here.

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